Does your coffee offer more than just an energy boost?

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FILE – In this Sept. 22, 2017, file photo, a barista pours steamed milk into a cup of coffee at a cafe in Los Angeles. State health officials proposed a regulation change Friday, June 15, 2018, that would declare coffee doesn’t present a significant cancer risk, countering a recent California state court ruling that had shaken up some coffee drinkers. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

The national coffee association’s recent survey found the number of Americans drinking a daily cup of coffee is at its highest level since 2012. Does your cup of joe have anything to offer other than that energy boost?

If you’re part of the 64 percent of Americans who drink coffee every day, we have good news: coffee drinkers have a longer lifespan! A 2015 study found that coffee consumption was associated with up to a 15 percent reduction in the risk of death. And an article published by Harvard medical school says that coffee drinkers may have a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, Parkinson’s, type two diabetes, gout, and liver cancer.

It may also assist in your weight loss. Studies have shown that caffeine increases your metabolism. But if you’re watching your waistline, skip the creamers and added flavors.

“Even a 20 percent reduction in calories will have effects on your health in terms of cutting down blood sugar, cutting down weight, making you feel better,” says Jean-Pierre Issa, MD, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University.

Creamers are loaded with calories and added sugar, so try flavoring your coffee with cinnamon or natural cocoa.

Some research has also presented negative effects of coffee over the years, but most of these claims have been refuted. One concern is that drinking very hot beverages increases the risk of esophageal cancer, but Harvard researchers say most people do not drink their coffee hot enough to qualify.

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